The Stone Roses - Turns Into Stone - 1992 Brit Pop Alt Indie Rock - Sealed 180 Grm Audiophile LP

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The Stone Roses - Turns Into Stone

Label: Music On Vinyl
Cat#: MOVLP628
Format: Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Compilation, Remastered, 180 gram
Country: Europe
2012 reissue of the 1992 album
Released: 01 Oct 2012
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock


A1 Elephant Stone
A2 The Hardest Thing In The World
A3 Going Down
A4 Mersey Paradise
A5 Standing Here
A6 Where Angels Play
A7 Simone

B1 Fools Gold
B2 What The World Is Waiting For
B3 One Love
B4 Somethings Burning

Perhaps no British rock band was as deservedly beloved as the Stone Roses, a band whose complex brand of rock shot them to meteoric fame (which ultimately wrecked the band). "Turns into Stone" is something fans will adore -- various B-sides and unedited tracks, some of which never were released before in the US.

The albums opens with a panoramic mix of "Elephant Stone," laced with warm riffs and a thunderous percussion finale. "Fools Gold" gets the full treatment in a ten-minute cut of funky guitar rock, while "Where Angels Play" is an enchantingly soft-edged pop song. The remainder is mostly the gritty, mildly psychedelic rockers, before ending with the eerie experimental "Something Burning."

In truth, "Turns into Stone" is one of THE most underrated albums it has been my pleasure to hear. Even their B-sides are rich, enticing and beautifully performed -- In a nutshell, this patchwork of B-sides is better than the majority of rock albums out there.

Quite a few of the songs wouldn't seem out of place in the debut album -- and that is saying something. It drags a little in the middle, with songs like the ponderous "What the World Is Waiting For." It's too ordinary an indie-rock track for the Stone Roses. However, it's outweighed by the dancy "Fools Gold" and shimmering "Simone," and several others. "Turns into Stone" is dancier in places than their debut, while retaining their driven guitar-rock sound.

Ian Brown's perpetually downbeat vocals are in excellent form here. "You can't see the wolf in the trees," he murmurs ominously in the last song. John Squire's guitar riffs range from the soft undercurrents of "Something Burning" to the bright riffs of "The Hardest Thing in the World," and drummer Reni outdid himself with stuff like "Elephant Stone's" grand finale.

Fools Gold" and "What the World Is Waiting For" were recorded at Sawmills Studios in Cornwall, with additional vocal and guitar parts recorded later at London's Battery Studios, during the autumn of 1989. The tracks had been worked on for four months, and the intention was to put "What the World Is Waiting For" as the A side; however, when Roddy Mckenna, Silvertone's A&R man, heard "Fools Gold" he urged the band to use that as the A side. The band were not completely convinced, and it was agreed, instead, to release the two tracks as a double A side.

The dance-oriented song showcased the rhythm section of Mani on bass and Reni on percussion. The main drum beat is a one-bar loop originally taken from "Hot Pants - I'm Coming, I'm Coming, I'm Coming" sung by Bobby Byrd with John "Jabo" Starks on drums and produced James Brown , Brownstone Records 1972.

John Squire also shone on guitar with its various wah-wah pedal effects. Finally, Ian Brown sang the vocals in a unique whispered delivery. He would also perform with this technique for the track "Something's Burning". The bassline was "inspired" by "Know How" by Young MC, which is a sample from the Shaft theme song, performed by Isaac Hayes. The lyrics reference Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and the Marquis de Sade.

Stone Roses - Fools Gold

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The Stone Roses - Elephant Stone

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Stone Roses - Something's Burning

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The Stone Roses- What The World Is Waiting For

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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Music On Vinyl
Color Black